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Networking — July 2019

NEW HIRES • April Castañeda, a senior executive with 20 years of experience leading human resources programs at Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has been named director of human resources at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Castañeda joins the Department of Energy laboratory after serving as assistant vice president for equity and equity investigations at…

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Business Briefs — July 2019

Retiring Richland schools chief hired on for next year The Richland School Board determined that “it is in the best interests of our schools that Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte continue leading our district during the 2019-20 school year.” Board members approved a one-year extension of his contract during the June 25 board meeting. He had…

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Business Updates — July 2019

NEW BUSINESSES 3 Farmers Tasting Room has opened at 590 Merlot Drive in Prosser. The business offers wine tastings for labels by Valicoff Estates, Roxboro Vineyard and Farm Boy/Farm Girl by Smasne Cellars. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Contact: 509-781-6233. Barrk Pet Wash has opened at 710 George Washington Way, Suite…

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Business Briefs — June 2019

Partnership helps Hanford contractor close data center The U.S. Department of Energy has retired an old data center and installed a new, more efficient system that reduces information technology costs by up to a million dollars over the next 10 years, thanks to a partnership with the Benton and Franklin County public utility districts and…


Networking — June 2019

NEW HIRES Richland’s RC Engineering and Construction Management hired Kristin Mensinger as a project manager. Mensinger is a business marketing graduate who has been working in the federal contracting industry since 2009. Mensinger will be responsible for developing new business relationships, promoting services and overseeing internal projects to ensure overall client satisfaction. Founded in 2007,…

Business Updates

Business Updates — June 2019

If your business is in Benton or Franklin county and has opened/moved/changed names in the last three months, please download this form to be included in this listing. NEW BUSINESSES DownTown Mercantile has opened at 116 W. Kennewick Ave. in Kennewick. The store sells antiques, jewelry, custom signs, décor and more. Hours: 11 a.m. to…

Business Updates

Business Updates — May 2019

If your business is in Benton or Franklin county and has opened/moved/changed names in the last three months, please download this form to be included in this listing. NEW BUSINESSES Community Thrift has opened at 303 Wellsian Way in Richland. The store resells gently used clothing, furniture and décor. Fund generated from sales will benefit…


Networking — May 2019

GRADUATIONS Washington State University Tri-Cities conferred 352 degrees at its commencement ceremony on May 4 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. Among those degrees, 308 bachelor’s degrees were presented, 32 master’s degrees and 12 doctoral degrees. Washington state Sen. Sharon Brown presented the keynote address. Carmen Lynn Marquart of Toyota of Tri-Cities graduated in April…

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Business Briefs — May 2019

West Richland voters say yes to $12.5M police station West Richland voters approved a $12.5 million bond to build a larger police station during the April 23 special election. The bond will add 42 cents per $1,000 of assessed value to property taxes. That means owners of a $200,000 home will pay $84 a year.…


Networking — April 2019

Appointments • Gov. Jay Inslee appointed Pasco School District’s Susana Reyes to the State Board of Education. Reyes is Pasco’s assistant superintendent of operations and human resources. She has dedicated her more than 20-year career to serving students and families across all areas of the education system. Reyes joined Pasco School District in September 2017,…

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